Our Team

We’re a diverse bunch, and we cover just about every generation – from Baby Boomers to Gen X and Gen Y (Millennials). We come from a broad range of backgrounds and interests. We each have our own “stories” of tears, triumphs and life experiences… but the one thing we all have in common is our passion helping other women find their FABulous!

CHERENEFounder/Head Instructor (She/Her)

Cherene has been Defying GRAVITY and AGE since 2004, when as a 42 y/o wife, mother and business woman she discovered Pole Dancing as a great way to get fit, strong and toned – not to mention do something a little, let’s say UNexpected for a woman of her age, and HAVE FUN doing it!

It turned her world upside down in more ways than one, and in late 2005 she and her daughter (Bailey) opened the first women’s Pole Dance/Fitness studio.

It didn’t stop at just Pole Dance though, it soon spread to Aerial Yoga/Fitness, Barre, Pilates, Suspension, Functional Fitness, Meditation, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching…and much more!

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Now Cherene and her team bring ALL these things together in Defy Gravity Fitness, with their creative fitness and lifestyle solutions for busy women through our group classes and personal training.

HAMISH – Instructor & Personal Trainer (They/Them)

We love Hamish, and know you will too! Hamish is a multi-passionate, multi-skilled Bungee Instructor, a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, as well as Pole Dance and Aerial Arts enthusiast.

The youngest member of our team, Hamish is our Gen Y/Millennial Instructor, and teaches Bungee & Bungee Suspension classes from Beginners to Advanced, as well as private workshops and parties

Hamish’s bubbly personality is totally infectious, and makes classes EPIC – and who knows what you’ll find yourself doing and achieving!


MELISSA – Instructor & Personal Trainer (She/Her)

Melissa comes from many years experience as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, and discovered a passion for Bungee after attending just a couple of classes with Cherene.

Our Gen X Instructor, Melissa’s students love her fun, warm, motivating and supportive teaching style.

Melissa teaches Bungee and Bungee Suspension classes in Beginners and Intermediate levels, as well as being available to teach private workshops and parties.



SALLY H – Instructor (She/Her)

Sally started her Defy Gravity experience as one of our original PLUS students, and 18 months later has now undertaken extensive training to become a Bungee INSTRUCTOR.

Sally loves Bungee classes, and pulls off a pretty mean handstand, but she is also a big fan of our Aerial Hammock classes. 💜


BRONWEN – Bungee/Suspension Instructor (She/Her)

Bronwen comes from a diverse background in the fitness realm, with many years in Martial Arts, and 10 years in Pole Dance and Aerial.

She and her daughter learned some of their first pole moves, from Cherene, and went on to train as a Pole Dance/Fitness Instructor. Bronwen may be a Baby Boomer – but do not be deceived! When it comes to her own fitness and strength, she out moves people more than half her age!

Bronwen teaches Bungee and Suspension classes from Beginners through to Bungee FiT and MoveSTRONG, as well as private workshops and parties.